MYSTERY

Lock Every Door

Dutton. Jul. 2019. 384p. ISBN 9781524745141. $26; ebk. ISBN 9781524745158. THRILLER
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After experiencing the worst day of her life, Jules Larsen is heartbroken and broke. But life seems on the upswing when she answers an ad for an “apartment sitter” at the illustrious Bartholomew building in Manhattan. Against her best friend’s warnings, Jules takes the position. She’ll not only earn top dollar to stay in the building that was a centerpiece of her childhood dreams, but also have time to lick her wounds and search for a new job. Yes, there are strange rules: no visitors ever. And yes, it is odd that they need to know her blood type, family health background, etc. But soon Jules meets Ingrid, another Bartholomew apartment sitter, who shares her concerns about the building’s ominous past. That night, Jules hears a scream coming from Ingrid’s apartment, and the next morning Ingrid has disappeared. Jules’s search for Ingrid exposes her to danger, as she unearths more ghastly stories about the building’s residents. Sager (Final Girls) delivers a psychological, creepy, and unputdownable thriller.

VERDICT Likable characters, great writing, just enough twists, and a Rosemary’s Baby vibe will make this a summer hit. Purchase for Stephen King and Gillian Flynn fans. [See Prepub Alert, 1/23/19.]

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